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Flight prices aren't everything

Flight prices aren't everything

Worldwide coordinated schedules that make seamless travelling possible, many different services in addition to pure flight performance as well as a personal, attentive service – anyone flying for business should be able to rely on a strong, reliable partner. Anyone flying for business should be able to rely on a strong, reliable partner. That means worldwide coordinated flight schedules that make seamless travelling possible but also many different services in addition to solely pure flight performance and of course personal and attentive service. Often, it's not just the flight prices that stand out, but also additional benefits such as booking economy class and still flying business. That’s exactly what PartnerPlusBenefit offers you and shows you that flying in style doesn’t have to cost the world.

The free and powerful Lufthansa corporate bonus programme offers small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) unprecedented opportunities to save on travel costs for business trips and keep employees motivated. With free flights, upgrades and vouchers for excess baggage, the cost of your ticket will no longer be your main concern.

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Background information on the topic

Organising business flights within companies

In many small and medium-sized enterprises where employees regularly need to fly, resources and skills are focused around the business trip. A contact person or team take inquiries and booking requests via e-mail or phone, then research and book their colleagues' business flights using standard flight booking portals.

With time, a learning curve is established. Focusing on this area creates a certain level of expertise, allowing flight prices to be compared more efficiently and optimised for the company.

Outsourcing – a means of optimising costs

Above a certain threshold, however, outsourcing ¬– that is, the use of external travel coordinators or travel agents - is profitable. Employing in-house staff to research affordable travel options can be inefficient in the long run. Especially if these activities prevent them from doing their primary work. Moreover, since this is rarely an employee's core competency, much potential remains untapped.

Organising business trips through an external third party which has full access to travel agencies, in particular to search programmes oriented around cost optimisation and special offers, can reduce fares significantly. Here, experience in dealing with airline tariff structures of the airlines is essential, as it could be the key factor in saving money on tickets.

Experienced service providers make planning easier, especially when travelling to several different destinations with multiple connections. Furthermore, group bookings can also be handled easily, which reduces processing and handling costs.

External benefits and services

Travel agencies or travel management companies offer a wide range of services:

  • planning and handling the entire business trip
  • direct access to all air and rail connections, rental cars, hotel and transfer services
  • Assistance with visas and vaccinations as well as entry and customs regulations
  • Visa application and procurement
  • Special tools for comparing fares
  • Special fares with many airlines
  • Obtaining discounted service fees


There are also a variety of additional services which are particularly valuable:

  • Statistical analysis and consultation on reducing flight prices
  • Straightforward, well-trained contact person
  • Assistance with and booking of private trips
  • Organisation of group and incentive trips to meetings, conferences, conventions and trade fairs
  • Managing corporate bonus programmes for programme members in order to further optimise travel costs

More than just fares

The numbers speak for themselves: seven out of ten companies in Germany rely on a travel agency or travel manager when booking business trips.1

When choosing an external provider, it's not just the opportunity to reduce fares that plays a key role. Other advantageous services include reduced coordination and planning efforts, minimisation of organisational and accounting administration as well as access to expert assistance.

Lufthansa fares including many different services

The same applies when choosing the airline. In addition to direct flight costs as well as taxes, fees and surcharges, flying with Lufthansa also includes numerous included services which make business trips even simpler and much more enjoyable:

  • The Lufthansa fleet is comprised of almost every size of modern aircraft
  • Travellers can comfortably check in and select their desired seat(s) on a PC, on the go via smartphone, or at the airport check-in machines as early as 23 hours before departure.
  • Travellers' free baggage allowance can also be checked in addition to hand luggage
  • Guests of Lufthansa First and Business Class as well as Miles & More members with the corresponding status can spend their time at the airport relaxing in lounges.
  • Even on domestic flights within Austria, passengers have a wide range of beverages to choose from. Depending on your destination you will also be served small snacks or whole meals. Upon request, special meals can be pre-ordered free of charge when booking.
  • Lufthansa flights earn Miles & More members valuable award and status miles, which are synonymous with attractive flight and merchandise offers as well as numerous privileges for frequent flyers.
  • On Lufthansa flights, PartnerPlusBenefit members earn BenefitPoints, which offer many different ways to optimise travel costs

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Footnote

1 DRV study: Chefsache BusinessTravel 2014, online at http://www.chefsache-businesstravel.de/fileadmin/user_upload/docs/Studie/DRV_Business_Travel_2014_final_WEB.pdf